TeachMeet

It’s 5.30pm  and I am in recovery mode after the first ever Sydney TeachMeet. From the moment that @2sparkley and her Newcastle colleagues walked in at 9:30am to the moment the last educator left (a teacher from Russia no less) at 3:30 pm.  I had the best day, meeting, networking, sharing ideas, learning from and talking with other great teachers.

The positives:
Meeting avatars as real people, face-to-face and being able to have a conversation in more than 140 characters.
Learning about so many new programs and apps, many I hadn’t heard of before.
Hearing what other teachers are doing in their classrooms.
Picking up little useful tips and ideas.
Finding out about training courses I could try and go on in the future.
Meeting a mix of teachers and educators from public and private schools. From those with less than a years experience to those with many years and realising that we can all learn from each other.
Listening to Adrian Bruce via Skype from slide2learn as he talked about how to encourage creativity without focussing too much on the software.
Learning about childfund and the work they are doing connecting Australian children with others in developing nations.
Eating nothing but muffins and choc chip cookies all day, as I had no time for lunch.
For me there was also the more personal things, such as creating my first ever google spreadsheet then realising that it was not enough and so creating, updating and organising my first useful wiki.
Realising that the timetable I had formulated in my head actually did work and that most people got to speak .

The negatives:
Feeling nervous at the start I spoke about myself too long and forgot to introduce anybody else (oops!)
Plus a couple of people didn’t manage to get to talk, I’m so sorry about that. I promise that next time you can be first!
The occasional disfunction of a website and a loss of sound during our skype call.
Eating nothing but muffins and choc chip cookies all day, as I had no time for lunch.
Realising I need another holiday to process all the great tipsI picked up.

So if you are reading this and thinking what  great idea it would to have such a meeting in your district, city or town. Go ahead. Set up a wiki, tweet a few neighbours and go for it. What is the worst thing that could happen? if only a few people turn up or no-one wants to come at all, well at least you tried. Because it is only be diving in and be prepared to fail can we truly learn.

Since I spent the day listening and worrying about the timetable I did not take any useful notes, so I am relying on others to keep on updating the wiki links page, so that I and others can keep on learning. See you next time!

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6 comments

  1. Stu

    Sounds like you all had a great day Henrietta. Congrats on the organisation. I kept up with the backchannel.

  2. 2sparkley

    Henrietta

    Today was the BEST!. It was all the things that you mentioned and more. To be with people and meet them, to hear, join in , converse and listen was terrific.
    Thanks once again for organising and can’t wait for the next one!

  3. Thanks for organising the day Henrietta… it was great to be able to spend some casual time learning from people across a broad range of educational backgrounds. It went off really well! There were tons of great ideas, lots of useful tips, and a great opportunity to keep sharing.

    Well done and I hope we can do it again sometime!

  4. Thank you to both Chris and Steph for coming, it was great to catch up and great to learn with you.

  5. Hi Henrietta,

    Thanks for having me. Maybe I’ll see if I can fly down for the next one to avoid the Skype issues and causing you stress 🙂

    Adrian

  6. Jacqui Green

    Thank you so much for the time and energy you put into organising this very successful day. I am just beginning my class blog and found the information invaluable. There are some very clever and inspirational teachers around. There is nothing more motivating than sharing ideas so thanks also to everyone who participated.